EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning wasn't bothered at all by Ben McAdoo's strong words about some of his play on Monday night, just like he hasn't been bothered when his coach has criticized him in the past.
In fact, the Giants franchise quarterback said he wants to hear it from McAdoo when he does something wrong.
"Hey, it's part of being in the NFL. You can't be sensitive," Manning said on Wednesday. "I think everybody's gotten very sensitive -- players and everybody -- if anyone says anything negative about you or if you did something wrong. Coach McAdoo and I have a great relationship. I think he understands, and I told him when he first got here, I enjoy being coached. If I screw something up, let me know. I want to be coached."
Still, it was at least a little odd that McAdoo publicly criticized Manning for his "sloppy quarterback play" on a critical delay of game penalty during the Giants 24-10 loss to the Lions, and was critical of his decision making that led to his interception, too. McAdoo may have been right, and his words may have been relatively mild, but they stood in stark contrast to the free passes he gave other players - in particularly those on his struggling offensive line.
Even Manning admitted the interception and penalty "are two plays that are on the quarterback, and those two always will be." And he didn't take issue at all with McAdoo hitting him while refusing to hit anyone else.
"He knows I can take it," Manning said. "You play 14 years in New York, you've been criticized, right? You can take pretty much whatever they throw at you. Coach Mac and I are on the same page. Anything he says, whether it's to the media, to me, to the team, it's all for the better of the team and I'm OK with it."
"Everyone's blowing that out of proportion," added guard Justin Pugh. "McAdoo loves this team. He loves his quarterback. Eli's been here 14 years, he's won two Super Bowls. He can handle that.
"No one loves Eli more than Mac. I mean, he's going to be his biggest supporter. Look at all the other things. Don't look at the negatives just the one time."